Hanford, Calif. (AP) -- When a beloved pet dies, good manners usually dictate saying something nice about the departed companion.
But for a recently deceased dog named Yoda, it's a compliment to say she sure was ugly.
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The 15-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix won the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair for her short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs.
Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford told the Hanford Sentinel that Yoda died in her sleep Saturday.
The 1.8-pound pooch had come far since Schumacher found her abandoned behind an apartment building and first mistook her for a rat.
Contest producer Vicki DeArmon says Yoda will keep the title until a new ugliest dog is crowned in June.
Take a look at images of Yoda below: